Jock itch is an embarrassing fungal skin infection (to put it mildly) that occurs on the genitals. It is contagious as with most fungal infections and often coexists with other fungal infections. The cause of it is tinea, which is a type of fungi.
So how do you detect it or can tell that you have it? If you see a pink and scaly rash forming on the inner thighs, groin, and/or scrotum (for males). Women are also impacted by jock itch, which causes the same pink, scaly, itching to occur on the inner thighs and vulva.
Fungal infections in all forms, especially tinea, are extremely infectious and can spread rapidly through person to person, and also through direct contact with surfaces that would harbor fungi, which are damp and moist. Showers, swimming pool areas, gym locker rooms, damp grass or soil are all surfaces where fungi thrive off of. Additionally, since the fungi that occurs is jock itch is closely related to one affecting athletes foot or nail fungus, then the fungi can often spread from one body part to another by simple contact.
It is important to take extra precautions if you already have a fungal infection on the feet, nails, or hands. By following a few simple life changes you can avoid this issue from spreading or even occurring. Wearing sandals in locker rooms, pools, and showers, keeping the feet and genital areas dry and free from sweat as often as possible, and making sure to shower daily. Finally, if you would like to treat these problems, seek attention by a doctor or topical medication at the pharmacy.